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POSAVAD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-28 published
KOREC, Anna
At Runnymede Healthcare Centre on Saturday, November 26, 2005. Beloved wife of the late Emilian. Loving mother of Kyrylo, John and his wife Zina MYKOLA, Ted and his wife Marie, Paul and his wife Violet, Olga and her husband John. Dear grandmother of Anna POSAVAD, William, Taras, Olga GONZALEZ, Michael, Lisa, Michele, Yake, Lawrie and Evan. Always loved and remembered by her great-grandchildren Victoria POSAVAD, Tanya, Christian, Hunter and Logan. Resting at the Cardinal Funeral Home, 366 Bathurst Street (near Dundas) on Monday 6 to 9 p.m. Funeral on Tuesday 9 a.m. and then to St. Volodymyr's Cathedral (Bathurst Street) for 9: 30 a.m. service. Interment at St. Volodymyr's Ukrainian Cemetery (Oakville). Panachida on Monday at 7: 30 p.m. In memory of Anna's life, donations to St. Volodymyr's Cathedral would be appreciated by her family. www.cardinalfuneralhomes.com

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POSEL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-13 published
MAGED, Simon
On Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at Ahavath Achim Retirement Home. son of the late Harry and Becky MAGED. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Liz and the late Abie MAGED, and the late Jack and Mossie MAGED. Dear uncle of Bonnie and Cliff POSEL, Ian and Sarah MAGED, Brian, and Warren MAGED. Simon will also be missed by his special friend, Phoebe. A graveside service will be held at Pardes Shalom Cemetery, Community Section on Friday, January 14, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre (416) 480-4483.

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POSITANO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-05 published
MacLEAN, Joyce (1918-2005)
As the result of a stroke, Joyce passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 4th, 2005 at the age of 87. Lovingly remembered by Tony and Joanne, Andrea, Nadia and Anthony POSITANO, Joyce will be sadly missed by her life long Friends and family. Joyce leaves behind many photo essays that attest to her talents as an avid photographer. She will always be remembered for her love of nature, her strong will and sense of humour. Friends may call on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home, 6150 Yonge Street (at Goulding, south of Steeles). Funeral Service in the Chapel on Thursday, January 6, 2005 at 11 a.m.

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POSITANO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-10 published
She saw hope in every street kid
Karen POSITANO a passionate and stubborn advocate
Worked to start training programs, needle exchange
By Catherine DUNPHY, Obituary Writer
Perhaps this anecdote can best sum up the many parts of Karen POSITANO, a petite and driven dynamo, an original, as well as a world traveller, insomniac, wife, mother of three and champion of every street kid who came by Youthlink Inner City, the drop-in resource centre and outreach program where she worked for almost 16 years:
It was 1994 and POSITANO was in Amsterdam at a world A.I.D.S. conference. She had met up with Hélène LALONDE, her buddy since their teenaged days in Ottawa when they lived innocently but recklessly and knew everyone, including bikers and drug dealers. She and LALONDE, now a consultant often working for the Canadian International Development Agency in developing countries, were standing at a bus stop when a passerby shrieked: "Karen POSITANO!"
It was Gwendolyn, a stripper POSITANO knew from Toronto who was in Amsterdam working at a live sex show.
"Karen POSITANO?" echoed one of the other people at the stop.
Turns out this person was with the World Health Organization and had been seeking POSITANO to sign her up as a speaker at a Rio de Janeiro conference for street kids, and she'd been hard pressed to locate her, as POSITANO had spent much of the last two days marching on the street with prostitutes.
"Yeah, she left me at the hotel," said her youngest daughter, Jill ROCHON, with a laugh. She was 14 at the time. "I was safe there, she knew that."
POSITANO was well known internationally. She was invited to make presentations at another world A.I.D.S. conference in Vancouver as well as at various H.I.V. and A.I.D.S. prevention and hepatitis C gatherings throughout North America.
In Toronto she was a member of Councillor Olivia CHOW's children and youth committee.
What she was renowned for was her tenacity, her push and her passion. After her first marriage failed and she lost her bid to convince a court to change her children's surname to hers, she took the matter to the Supreme Court.
"When she decided to do something, you just got out of the way," said her second husband, Gerry ROCHON.
"She definitely had a stubborn streak," said her eldest child, Karyn, 31. It is why she and brother Cain, 30, have the surname POSITANO.
In the early '80s, POSITANO and ROCHON and the three kids moved to Ottawa from Vancouver where they had been living. There she worked full-time and went to school full-time, getting a degree in criminology plus her master of social work. She also organized and played in a women's baseball league, acted in university theatre, took dance classes and travelled to exotic destinations such as Thailand.
She began working with street youth at Youthlink Inner City as part of the job placement for her social work degree; she was so enthusiastic about the work that not only did she convince her family to move to Toronto, she also created her own full-time employment there.
"Inner City was the root of her work. It catered to youth no one else would, those with mental health problems, prostitutes, drug users," said Rebecca BASSEY, a friend and former employee.
POSITANO never let anything stand in the way of getting more programs or more program dollars for the youth she saw every day at her office. Her funding proposals were legendary -- succinct, persuasive and usually written a month before the deadline -- but her first work for Youthlink was the production of two very radical education videos for street youth.
STD Street Smarts and Street Wise Women came with a warning of "frank language and explicit imagery" because the penises in the videos were real.
"Some people might say her style was abrasive," said Liz GREAVES, Youthlink executive director, "but she shot straight from the hip."
In 1999, she blasted the Mayor's Task Force on Homelessness, of which GREAVES was a member, for ignoring the plight of homeless youth.
"She was absolutely right," GREAVES said. The task force subsequently commissioned a report.
Fearless and always on the cutting edge, POSITANO was an early advocate of Youthlink's work in harm reduction. The agency was the first in the city to run a needle exchange program.
In 1998, she was one of the organizers of a program for squeegee kids, a new headline-grabbing demographic that was unsettling if not scaring many people in the city. While police were cracking down on homeless people in public places and the provincial government was bringing in the Safe Streets Act, POSITANO was part of a group lobbying Toronto politicians for resources to help these youth. The result is a fully federally funded training program teaching computer skills called the Youth Skills Zone.
In 1995, POSITANO was promoted to supervisor, responsible for a staff of about nine at Youthlink Inner City's drop-in/resource and outreach program. She started the Sock Swap, gathering cast-offs from families and Friends to recycle to the street kids. Before the centre got its washer and dryer, she'd take all the dirty socks home to wash them. She also started a monthly supper club for street youth with hepatitis C.
An early proponent of the peer educator program, in which clients work 10 hours a week at the drop-in and do outreach with other street or addicted youth, she conceived and won funding for the advanced peer education program.
This is a year-long full-time staff position, "one of the most important positions we have," according to Inner City supervisor Diana WALKER. "I think Karen saw hope in everyone who walked through the door."
POSITANO raced through her life, taking each of her children on a coming-of-age trip to Europe, meeting up with LALONDE in Kenya, Brazil and Egypt, holidaying with BASSEY in Jamaica and with her husband in Morocco, and finding thrift stores wherever she went. She volunteered with Habitat for Humanity building houses in Fiji, Uganda and India, where she met Mother Teresa. Once a month, she spent her Saturday mornings working in the Big Sisters thrift shop at Lawrence Ave. W. and Avenue Rd. More than once she climbed the C.N. Tower stairs for the United Way.
For kicks, she was an extra in David Cronenberg's The Naked Lunch, stalked celebrities on the red carpet at all the Toronto Film Festivals, dragged family and Friends to rock concerts, and plundered furniture discarded in Forest Hill and Rosedale. She and ROCHON bought, renovated and sold nine houses together. She also loved organizing and decorating them.
"She packed a lot in," said ROCHON. "It was as if she almost knew she wouldn't have a long life."
She'd beaten cancer of the uterus 14 years earlier, so she was typically upbeat when she was diagnosed two years ago with breast cancer.
"She had the kind of personality that you just thought she would beat it," said LALONDE.
"She always said it was no big deal," added BASSEY.
And they believed her even when she suffered a heart attack a year ago that almost ended her life. POSITANO rallied enough to sometimes make it back to work and to her office with the window that looked out on to the kitchen and eating area of the drop-in centre.
"I used to update her, make her feel at home because she didn't know a lot of the clients now," said John LAFORME, a crack addict and regular at Youthlink for four years. POSITANO always encouraged him to get the help he needed and last month he left for a detox facility in Quebec. "I'm doing it for me and for Karen," he said. "I've been in drop-ins and agencies across Canada and Karen was one of the best drop-in workers ever. She took the time to get to know you."
Ten days before she died, at her home on the afternoon of October 1 at the age 52, POSITANO attended a Youthlink managers' meeting. A day or so later, she sent Liz GREAVES an email saying she was going to lick cancer. "There was such a fierceness to her," GREAVES said.
POSITANO wanted to live long enough to see her first grandchild, and she did. Karyn named her newborn daughter Kalina, Hawaiian for Karen.

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POSIVY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-06 published
MENO, Anastasia
It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Anna at the Wellesley Central Place Nursing Home on Sunday, December 4, 2005 at the age of 83 years. Anna's memory will be cherished by her devoted daughter Karen and her husband Michael McQUAID, and her sisters Mary LAWSON and Alice and her husband George POSIVY, as well as by her sister-in-law Mary SENYK. Anna is the beloved grandmother of Adrianna and her husband Michal BORKOWSKI, Leonora and her husband Hugh SUTHERLAND, Michael and his wife Julie McQUAID, David and Jonathan and the beloved great-grandmother of Ben, Kolbe, Matthew, Alexis and Sophie. She will be sadly missed by many of her dear Friends, relatives, caregivers and colleagues. Friends may call at the Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home & Chapel, 467 Sherbourne St. (south of Wellesley) on Monday, December 5, 2005 and Tuesday, December 6, 2005 from 6: 00 p.m. until 8: 30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at 10: 30 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church (Sherbourne / Earl St.). Interment Assumption Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Kidney Foundation or to the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children would be welcomed.

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POSLIFF o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-12 published
HUISMAN, Engeline (née DE SCHIFFERTDE BOER) (1945-2005)
Born in Wommels, Fryslan, Netherlands, Engeline passed away peacefully at Saint Mary's Hospital, Kitchener, on Saturday, April 9, 2005, at age 60. Loving mother of Jim and Jackie HUISMAN, Ingrid and Jeff DANYLYK, and Ken and Raquel HUISMAN; cherished Oma of Cori-Anne and Kimber; dear sister of Sipke and Joyce, Oscar and Barb, and Albert. Engeline will also be greatly missed by her partner and best friend, Al POSLIFF and his family. Engeline was predeceased by her parents, Jelle and Jean DE SCHIFFERTDE BOER and sister-in-law Edith. Friends are invited to share their memories of Engeline with her family at the Edward R. Good Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo, on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service to celebrate Engeline's life and faith will be held at Doon Presbyterian Church, 35 Roos Street, Kitchener on Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at 11 a.m. with Pastor James COBER officiating. A reception will immediately follow in the fellowship hall of the church. In Engeline's memory, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society and can be arranged through the funeral home. Condolences/Donations/Flowers www.edwardrgood.com 519-745-8445

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POSLIFF o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-30 published
WESTELAKEN, Arnold J.
Peacefully, at South Huron Hospital, Exeter on Thursday, December 29, 2005 Arnold J. WESTELAKEN of R.R.#1 Hensall in his 82nd year. Beloved husband of the late Frances (SMITS) WESTELAKEN (1991.) Dear father of Arnie WESTELAKEN of Camlachie, Irene and Dave POSLIFF of Strathroy, Art and Ursula WESTELAKEN of Sarnia, Margaret and Mike INTVEN of Saint Thomas, Mike and Sheila WESTELAKEN of Rodney, Brian and Ruth WESTELAKEN of Hensall, Christine WESTELAKEN and Ken JULES of Woodstock, Jackie WESTELAKEN and Otte ROSENKRANTZ of London and Rob DARLING of Ilderton. Also survived by 24 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. Dear brother of Anny LIEBREGTS, John WESTELAKEN and Paul and Betty WESTELAKEN all of Saint Thomas, Herman and Emmy WESTELAKEN of Uxbridge, Ed WESTELAKEN of Blenheim, Lucy and Louis VAN BOXMEER of London and Mary WESTLAKEN of Orillia. Predeceased by daughter Mary Ann DARLING, daughter-in-law Judy WESTELAKEN, brother Ben WESTLAKEN and sisters-in-law Jeanne and Ann WESTELAKEN and brother-in-law Joe LIEBREGTS. Family and Friends may call at the Hopper Hockey Funeral Home, 370 William Street, 1 west of Main, Exeter on Sunday 2-4 p.m. and Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Precious Blood Church, 200 Sanders Street West, Exeter on Tuesday, January 3rd at 11 a.m. with Father Ray LAWHEAD celebrating. Interment Exeter Cemetery. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society gratefully appreciated. Prayers in the funeral home Monday at 6: 30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.hopperhockeyfh.com

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POSLIFF o@ca.on.middlesex_county.strathroy.age_dispatch 2005-04-19 published
DE SCHIFFERT, Engeline Huisman (née DE SCHIFFERT-DE BOER)
Born in Wommels, Fryslan, Netherlands, Engeline passed away peacefully, at Saint Marys Hospital, on Saturday, April 9, 2005, at age 60. Loving mother of Jim and Jackie HUISMAN, Ingrid and Jeff DANYLYK, and Ken and Raquel HUISMAN; cherished Oma of Cori-Anne and Kimber dear sister of Sipke and Joyce, Oscar and Barb, and Albert. Engeline will also be greatly missed by her partner and best friend, Al POSLIFF and his family, Engeline was predeceased by her parents, Jelle and Jean DE SCHIFFERT-DE BOER and sister-in-law Edith. Friends were invited to share their memories of Engeline with her family at the Edward R. Good Funeral Home, 171 King St. South, Waterloo, Monday, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service to celebrate Engelines life and faith was held at Doon Presbyterian Church, 35 Roos Street, Kitchener on Tuesday, April 12, 2005, at 11 a.m. with Pastor James COBER officiating. A reception immediately followed in the fellowship hall of the church. In Engelines memory, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society and can be arranged through the funeral home.

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POSLUNS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-27 published
EISENSTAT, Helen (née LEVY)
Our mother Helen EISENSTAT, daughter of Isaac and Jenny LEVY, and loving wife to our late father Louis EISENSTAT, died on November 26, 2005, at the age of 87. Her death, like her life, brought family and loved ones closer. She leaves a great void in the lives of her children Marilyn (Michael POSLUNS,) Lorraine (Ernie WEINRIB,) Barbara, and Sholom (Rifka.) Her grandchildren Aliza, Sara, Jacob, Yedida, and Ayala benefited from their Bubi Helen's love and attention, as did her nephews and nieces Sheila, Paula, Howie, Steve, Judy, Rhoda, Noah, Ava, John, and their families. Helen's life was intertwined with many other lives: her sister Margaret NASLEN; her sisters-in-law Belle TAFT and Minnie COHEN, her late brothers-in-law Earl (Jake) and Ned; the Feldman, Paul and Bar-Am families; her Friends, especially Yetta MEDNICK and life-long friend Laura EDELL - and to the spouses of all these loved ones, z"l. Helen loved her adopted Kazekevich family, Alex, Klara, Michael and Masha. Helen's family will always be grateful to Lorraine and Ernie who opened their home to Helen during her illness so that she could remain in the circle of her family and Friends. The family thanks Doctors GOLDMAN and STEINBERG and the Palliative Care Team at Mount Sinai's Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care; nurses Liz, Marg and Valerio; Sheila WALKER of the Jewish Hospice; Doctors KEYSTONE and WAERN; and Helen's wonderful caregivers Cora, Zora, Mary, Pat, Carol, Maria, Claudia, Ofelia, Robin and Joyce. Donations in Helen's memory can be made to Ziv Tzedakah Foundation (31 Glen Rush Blvd., Toronto, M5N 2T4) or Mazon Canada (416) 783-7554. Call Benjamin's at (416) 663-9060 for funeral time. Shiva and prayers will be at the home of Lorraine and Ernie, 16 Shorncliffe Avenue (416) 921-8471. There will be a d'var Torah every evening at 8 p.m. May Helen's soul, along with our late father Lou's soul, be bound up in the bond of everlasting life.

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POSNER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-10 published
SACKETT, Elmer James
Worls War 2 Veteran, surrounded by his family at Malton Village Nursing Home in Mississauga on Monday, May 9th, 2005 at the age of 89 years. Elmer, loving brother of Helen and her late husband Arthur JICKELS and cherished uncle of Jim JICKELS and his wife Lise and great-uncle of Jessica. He will be missed by his good Friends John and Joan FONTAINE, Joe POSNER, and James MANGUBAT. The family will receive Friends at the Scott Funeral Home "Brampton Chapel", 289 Main St. N., 905-451-1100, on Thursday, May 12th, 2005 from 9 a.m. to 10: 30 a.m., followed by Funeral Service in the Chapel at 10: 30 a.m. Cremation. In memory of Elmer, donations to the Royal Canadian Legion would be greatly appreciated. Sign a book of condolences at www.obituariestoday.com

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POSNO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-05 published
POSNO, Winifred (née DUTTON)
At Elmwood Place Retirement Home, London on Saturday, April 2nd, 2005, Mrs. Winifred (DUTTON) POSNO of London in her 95th year. Beloved mother of Ruth HADDOW and her husband Dennis of Saint Thomas Judy FILIPPI and her late husband Ernie; Bill POSNO and his wife Mary Jane of London; and Reverend Dennis POSNO and his wife Kim of Barrie. Also loved and missed by her grandchildren Robin, David (Cindy), Jamie (Brenda), Doug (Liz) and Melanie (Steve) Mark, Tim (Sharon) and Tom; Andrea (Bob), Keri and Gwyneth; Shannon (Pat), Shawn and Denny; her greatgrandchildren Meagan, Melissa, Aimee and Rylee; Chad and Corey; Meagan, Niki and Tyler; Christine and Brittany; Dominique and Karly; Hailey and Hunter; Jake, Rachel, and Bobby; Patrick, Riley and Lucas; Cassidy and Gavyn; and her great-greatgrandchildren Aaliyah and Aiden.
Winifred was born on January 2, 1911 in Pickmere, Cheshire, England. She was the youngest of the 10 children of Frederica (RILEY) and William Henry DUTTON. The family immigrated to Canada in 1920, and Winifred grew up on a farm at Williams Settlement near Cultus in Norfolk County. Winifred went to High School in Port Rowan and Tillsonburg, where she graduated from Grade 13 with honours. She moved to Amherstburg, Ontario to live with her sister Emmie (MELOCHE) so that she could work to save enough money to attend Normal School in London. After graduating in 1930 Winifred was hired by the London School Board and taught for 8 years at Talbot Street School. In 1938 Winifred married William POSNO and together they started Posno Flower Service on Bruce Street in London, Ontario. Later, Winifred returned to teaching and her son Bill took over running the business. Winifred received her B.A. from the University of Western Ontario in 1962, completing her courses at night and at summer school. She later received her M.A. in Education. Winifred taught for many years at Mountsfield and Arthur Ford Public Schools. She retired in June 1974 and began travelling extensively, going from coast to coast in Canada and to England, Europe, China and on several cruises. Winifred's family and her garden were her joy. She could recite countless poems from memory. She was an amazing woman, dearly loved and will be greatly missed. The family will receive Friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London. Funeral Service will be conducted at Wesley-Knox United Church, 91 Askin Street, London on Thursday, April 7th at 1: 00 p.m. Interment in Woodland Cemetery, London. Online condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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POSPIESZYNSKI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-26 published
OPALINSKA, Halina
Peacefully, at St. Joseph's Hospital on April 22nd, 2005, at age 85. Dear mother of Eve and her husband Zbigniew POSPIESZYNSKI. Loving grandmother of Jakob and Chris. Unfailingly optimistic, energetic and brilliant, Halina was a master of human kindness. She will be sadly missed and joyfully remembered by her family and many Friends in Canada and Poland. Resting at the Dodsworth & Brown Ancaster Chapel, 378 Wilson Street East, Ancaster on Thursday, April 28 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Mass at Saint Ann's Church, 11 Wilson Street West, Ancaster on Friday, April 29 at 11 a.m.

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POSPISIL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-04 published
POSPISIL, Kathleen
It is with deep sadness that the family of Kathleen POSPISIL announce her passing on October 2nd, 2005. Beloved wife of the late Joseph POSPISIL and devoted mother of Frances LEKES (Jerry,) Carole STERN, Peter POSPISIL (Indra), Paul POSPISIL (Donna) and predeceased by daughter Monica. Grandchildren Michael LEKES, Amanda STERN, Karla and Natasha POSPISIL, Adrian, Andrew and Alexandra POSPISIL will miss Grandma's humour, zest and tales of her remarkable life. Our family and all who knew her will always be influenced by her courage, strength, energy and independence. At Kathleen's request, cremation has taken place and a memorial service is planned for a later date. If desired, donations may be made to The Belleville General Hospital or The Toronto East General Hospital both of which provided outstanding care.

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POSSIAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-17 published
A man of letters -- and passion
Edited Armenian paper before moving to Canada
Architect also wrote book about William Saroyan
By Catherine DUNPHY, Obituary Writer
Two careers, two countries, one passion.
Call it pride, if you will, of place or of history but certainly of a people. Bedros ZOBYAN was an architect and crusading newspaper editor born and raised in the Turkish city of Istanbul who used both of his careers to nurture and nudge his fellow Armenians closer to their heritage and culture.
Five years ago, long after he and his wife and daughter had immigrated in 1967 to live quietly in Don Mills, as well as after retiring from the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce where he designed everything from buildings to bank machines, ZOBYAN once again took up his pen.
He wrote a book about the three-week trip he took in May 1964 with William Saroyan to find the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and playwright's Armenian ancestral home.
Towards Bitlis with William Saroyan was published by an Armenian publisher in 2003. The cover features a photo of Saroyan sitting on a rock in the rugged Anatolian countryside alongside a signpost stating: Bitlis 10.
The pair went from Istanbul via Ankara to Samsun on the Black Sea. They stopped at Lake of Van (considered to be as sacred a place as Ararat to Armenians). Venturing into remote villages where Armenians had lived before the genocide of 1915, they found Armenian children being raised in primitive conditions by Turkish and Kurdish families.
In Bitlis, Saroyan located the foundations of his family's home, with some help from villagers hoping this rich American was going to lead them all straight to a hidden cache of gold. (He didn't.)
Although ZOBYAN told his family that Saroyan took notes during their trip, the author never directly wrote about it, although he did write a play called The Istanbul Trilogy. ZOBYAN, however, wrote up a series about the trip for his newspaper called: "60,000 Kilometres in 16 Days with William Saroyan."
For years people told him he should write a book based on those articles. And when he finally did start writing, he became immersed in the work.
"While he was working on the book, nothing else existed," said his wife, Seta.
It took three years. A perfectionist, he typed, copy-edited and typeset the book, along with choosing and laying out the photos, then sent it to the publisher in Istanbul. When the publisher sent back the galleys, ZOBYAN proofed every comma.
"Every day I came home from school and my grandfather would be typing. Every day," said Amara POSSIAN, 15. "My grandma too, both of them always had red pens."
American Armenians had arranged a special book launch for October 2003 in California, but ZOBYAN was too ill to attend. When he died at 82 of pancreatic cancer this past December, he had received dozens of letters from Armenians around the world thanking him for writing the book.
It is considered much more than a travel book.
"It's part of our history," says his friend, Arta YUZBASIAN, an Armenian artist living in Toronto. "It was very well received within the Armenian diaspora, especially in the U.S."
A dignified and diffident man, ZOBYAN was well respected within the Armenian community in Toronto.
"People looked up to him," said Berc LULECIYAN, a deacon at the Holy Trinity Armenian Church, who attended high school with ZOBYAN in Istanbul.
In 1958, ZOBYAN was commissioned by the patriarch of St. Gregory the Illuminator Church to build a new church in the old authentic Armenian style on the site in Istanbul of the old church that had been expropriated to make way for a highway. He rescued and reincorporated the ceramic tiles from the original chapel, marble stones, and reused the carved stone cross belonging to the 500-year-old church.
It was -- and continues to be -- the only one of Istanbul's 28 Armenian churches that displays the austere, powerful lines and massive stonework that marks Armenian church architecture. The church's Catholics wrote him commending his work.
"My father built the most important church in Istanbul," said his daughter, Hasmig POSSIAN, 53.
But he was having more fun as a journalist working at the Marmara, a daily started in 1940 by Seta ZOBYAN's father, a well-known foreign correspondent. The young couple took over the paper in 1950. One of two Armenian dailies in Istanbul, it had a circulation of 5,000 but a considerably larger reach in terms of influence.
ZOBYAN lobbied in its pages to save the church he would go on to rebuild; his scoop on the guilty verdict of the court martial trials of the Democratic Party president and its prime minister landed him in prison for two days. Seta ZOBYAN pulled every string she had to get her husband released.
"Without bribery he would have been in jail months and months," she said.
They lived a good life for a time, attending balls, receptions for visiting royalty, the ballet and concerts. "I translated for Petula Clark when she was getting a leather coat made," his daughter recalled. She also danced with Eric Burdon, lead singer of the Animals, when she was 14 and her father took her on his press pass to a club.
But after the military coup of 1960, many Armenians left Turkey, including many of their families. In 1965 they sent their daughter to Toronto, to St. Clements School, where they believed she would be safe and get a better education.
Two years later, they immigrated, but it wasn't until 1970 that they sold the paper.
"That still hurts," said Seta ZOBYAN.
Neither practised journalism in Canada: Bedros ZOBYAN went to work for the large architectural firm of Page and Steele building the Commerce Court towers, and Seta ZOBYAN found a job in market research. She now works part-time as a court translator and interpreter.
In the 1970s they visited Saroyan at his home in Fresno, California. He had two houses, one in which he lived and one in which he wrote. After Saroyan died of cancer in 1981, his homes became the site of a museum dedicated to his works and his Armenian heritage.
ZOBYAN made sure the museum received copies of his book; he'd hoped to translate it into English for Armenians living in California and Europe.
"I will translate it," Seta ZOBYAN said. "That was his wish and I will try and make it come true."

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POSSL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-08 published
HEGENBERG, Erwin
Erwin HEGENBERG passed away peacefully at University Hospital on Saturday, February 5, 2005 in his 79th year. Beloved husband of the late Bridget HEGENBERG (née CURRAN) 1994. Loving father of Maureen (Alun) PIGGINS. Dear brother of Anneliese POSSL of Velbert, Germany. Loved brother-in-law of Patrick (Pauline) CURRAN, Marie CURRAN and their families. Erwin will also be missed by very dear friend Brenda HOLLAND. The family will receive Friends and relatives at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas Street East (at Wavell), London, for a memorial service on Thursday, February 10, 2005 at 2 p.m. Visitation one hour prior. Cremation has taken place. Interment of cremation at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. In remembrance, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be gratefully appreciated. Please sign the Book of Condolence at www.obituariestoday.com. Arrangements entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home, 452-3770.

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POST o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-21 published
GAVIGAN, Alice GAVIGAN "Ali" (née SMITH)
Alice GAVIGAN " Ali" (née SMITH) passed away peacefully with her family at her side after a lengthy illness on Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at London Health Science Centre-Westminster Campus in her 57th year. Beloved wife and best friend forever of Mark GAVIGAN. Loving mother of John (Debbie) LARIVIERE, Steve (Pam) LARIVIERE, Michelle "Missy" (Jay) PATERSON, Shawn (Amy) GAVIGAN, Lindsay (Matt) GAVIGAN, T.J. GAVIGAN. Cherished grandmother of Bradley PATERSON, Tyler LARIVIERE. Dear sister of Anderson "Sonny" (Sue SMITH), Dave (Eleanor), George (Bernice) SMITH, Sharon (Ken) POST. Predeceased by parents Garnet and Antoinette SMITH. Ali will also be missed by several nieces, nephews and their families and Patches. A graveside service will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, 2001 Dundas Street East (at Wavell), London on Tuesday, January 25, 2005 at 12: 30 p.m. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. at the Moose Lodge, #1300, 35 Charterhouse Crescent, London, Ontario. Arrangements entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home 452-3770.

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POST o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-16 published
GARROD, A. Keith
A. Keith of Sparta, on Wednesday, June 15, 2005, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, surrounded by his loving family in his 75th year. Dearly loved husband of over 51 years of Donna (WETHERELT) GARROD and loved father of Jeff (Mary Catherine) GARROD of Sparta, Mike (Kelly) GARROD of Aylmer, Dianne BISHOP of Leamington, Valerie HESSER (Murray BALE) of Belmont and Kim POST (Jason) of Woodland Beach. Loved grandfather of Tyler, Ashley, Jonathan, Megan, Erin, Sabrina, Curtis, Kathryn, Jacalyn, Michelle, Jennifer, Xavier and Quade. Dear brother of Robert (Louise) GARROD of Baysville and Audrey (Lloyd) BOSTWICK of British Columbia. Predeceased by a brother Harold GARROD and a sister Marie SHARP. Sadly missed by a number of nieces and nephews.
Keith was born in Malahide Township on November 1, 1930, the son of the late George and Vera (LOOP) GARROD. He was retired from Ford Motor Company of Canada (Talbotville), was a member of Sparta United Church, the Sparta United Church Trustees and the Sparta Cemetery Board. He enjoyed camping, traveling, gardening and placed first with his gladiolas at the Aylmer Fair. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas until Saturday afternoon and then to the Sparta United Church where funeral service will be held at 1: 00 p.m. Interment to follow at Sparta Cemetery. Visitation Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Sparta United Church Memorials Fund or the charity of choice.

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POST o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-02 published
McLEAN, L. Neil
At Sumac Lodge on Thursday, June 30, 2005 L. Neil McLEAN, age 85 of Sarnia. Beloved husband of 'Robbie' Minnie (ROBBINS.) Loving father of Gary and his wife Lynn, St Paul, Minnesota and Gail and her husband Don POST, Apple Valley, Minnesota. Dear grandfather of 9 and greatgrandfather of 5. Also survived by brother Ross McLEAN of Sarnia. There will be no visitation. A Memorial Service celebrating Neil's life will be held at a later date at Community of Christ Church. As an expression of sympathy, Friends who wish may send memorial donations to World Accord, 1C-185 Frobisher Dr., Waterloo N2V 2E6. Arrangements entrusted to the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home and Cremation Centre (519-344-3131). Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com A tree will be planted in memory of Neil McLEAN in the McKenzie & Blundy Memorial Forest. Dedication service Sunday, September 18th, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. at the Wawanosh Wetlands Conservation Area.

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POST o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-11 published
BRENNAN, Nancy Louise
Peacefully, after a brief illness, at Windsor Regional Hospital, Metropolitan Campus, on Friday December 9, 2005. Nancy Louise BRENNAN, of Wheatley, formerly of London, in her 67th year. Beloved wife of Ray POST. Loving mother of Cindy (Randy) LAROSE, Johnny BRENNAN, Ricky and Randy (Stephanie) McGONEGAL, and step-mother of Heather (Len) STRUYK, Ronnie (Karen) POST and Cherilyn (Kurt) WACHHAUS, and grandmother of Brandon, Stephanie, Angela, Marissa, Tyler and Cierra Marie. Dear sister of Brenda, Marlene, Rick and Larry. Predeceased by brother Jimmy and sisters Betty Lou and Judy. Friends will be received at the Evans Funeral Home, 648 Hamilton Road (1 block east of Egerton), on Monday December 12, 2005, from 12-1 p.m. Funeral Service will follow in the Evans Chapel at 1: 00 p.m. Cremation and interment in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences can be expressed at www.evansfh.ca Evans Funeral Home, (519) 451-9350. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Nancy.

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POSTE o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.collingwood.the_connection 2005-08-05 published
Jack POSTE remembered
Teacher, Veteran, Mr. Bruce Trail
By Angela McEWEN, The Connection, Page 1
The caring, compassionate, generous and kind nature of Jack POSTE will be missed by many.
The Town of Collingwood's legendary icon passed away last Tuesday at leisure world Creedan Valley in Creemore.
"Everybody has different memories of this person because he was into so many different organizations," said long-time friend Dave KNOX. "He was a very sincere, committed Christian and he sort of tried to follow Christian ethics in anything he did. He was very honest and tried to think of the impact on the other person."
The two men's paths first crossed when KNOX was a teenager attending Burlington High School, where POSTE taught industrial arts in 1958. From there, he took a position as master teacher at lakeshore Teacher's College, mentoring and preparing people to take up the helm at the front of the class room.
"Our paths didn't cross again until I, as a relatively young teacher, came up to Collingwood," said KNOX. when KNOX went to sign his contract at Collingwood Collegiate Institute in 1970, POSTE was the first teacher he saw.
"He said he remembered me," said KNOX. "He was always a mentor to the younger teachers."
Along with constantly helping out the teaching staff, he always made time for the students.
"He was always willing to give his time to a kid," said KNOX. "If a kid had a problem, he would sit and talk with them. He was very, very patient that way."
KNOX's father was an Royal Air Force navigator/radio operator for the Coastal Command, and was killed in action over Norway in April 1945. When POSTE, who was an Royal Canadian Air Force navigator in Bomber Command, found this out the two clicked on a personal level.
"I appreciated Jack's interest in my father, and he was always Willing to answer my questions," said KNOX. " This led me to visiting my father's grave in Norway twice, staying in the community each time for a week and getting to know the people who care for his grave."
The two were colleagues for 14 years at Collingwood Collegiate Institute, and POSTE was proud of the faculty members who became involved in helping and assisting with the Bruce Trail and other environmental issues.
"He, of course, was mister Bruce Trail around here," said KNOX. "I admired Jack's passion for environment education as well as his understanding of Canadian and world issues."
POSTE's retirement from Collingwood Collegiate Institute in June 1984 certainly didn't keep him away from the classrooms or the close bonds he formed with KNOX and other staff members.
"I continued to keep in close contact with him," said KNOX. "He was always doing things with my environmental geography class. One of my fondest memories comes after Jack had retired from teaching."
POSTE dropped into the Ontario Academic Credit world issues geography class where two students were co-leading a seminar on the state of the environment.
"The details escape my memory, but what remains in my mind is Jack sitting there," he said. "First listening, smiling and reacting to their comments. Then, wading into the discussion, ever the teacher saying, 'If a student hasn't learned, the teacher hasn't taught."'
POSTE personally took it upon himself to oversee the successful implementation of the Bruce Trail, in the capacity of land owner relations.
"He did a tremendous amount of leg work, walking up and driving around talking to land owners, assuring them it wouldn't hurt their land to put a trail in," said KNOX. " Jack made Friends with people and was able to convince the rural land owners the trail was a benefit. That was sort of a behind the scenes job land owner relations director."
His volunteerism encompassed many other organizations besides the Blue Mountains Club of the Bruce Trail Association. He was also on the Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation, the Canadian Youth Hotels Association, the Collingwood and District Young Men's Christian Association, the Collingwood and District Historical Society, the Collingwood Museum, the Collingwood Public Library the Collingwood Watts Skiff Club, the Collingwood Naturalists Club, the Federation of Ontario Naturalists, the Probus Club of the Blue Mountains, the rehabilitation of the Collingwood Harbour, the Simcoe County Historical Association, the Royal Canadian Legion, the Senior League Endowment Society of Collingwood, Veterans Against Nuclear Armaments and the Collingwood Classic Aircraft Foundation.
"He was a fantastic fundraiser. when the Young Men's Christian Association started up in town he was on board and raised more money than everyone else," said KNOX. "when the Classic Aircraft Foundation got rolling, because of his flying experience in the Second World War, he rolled up his sleeves and got involved in that."
Although he dropped out of high school in Grade 11 to join the army, he more than made up for it later. In 1945 he signed up for the 'cram' courses at the Department of Veterans' Affairs and finished high school in seven months. He went on to graduate from Western University with an honours degree in history then to the Ontario College of Education at the University of Toronto.
Along with Burlington, he taught in Dundalk and was principal and teacher in the northern Inuit community of Bear Lake.
"He had an academic side to him and he had a very practical side to him," said KNOX.
The funeral was held last Saturday at All Saints' Anglican Church in Collingwood. He is survived by his wife, Muriel, sons Russell and his wife Jeanette, Robert and Scott and his wife Adrenne, along with five grandchildren.

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POSTHOFER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-14 published
POSTHOFER, Rosa Maria
At Marion Villa on Saturday, November 12th, 2005, Rosa Maria POSTHOFER of London at the age of 97. Wife of the late Eduard POSTHOFER (1989.) Beloved mother of Rosa MAURER and Anna BLAYLOCK. Loving grandmother of Marius, Tanya, Iris, Gabrielle, Mark, Steven and Gena and great-grandmother of 14. Visitation will be held at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph's Parish, 89 Charles Street, on Wednesday, November 16th, 2005 at 10 a.m. Entombment to follow at St. Peter's Holy Family Mausoleum. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Rosa are asked to consider the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or to the London Health Sciences Foundation - Cancer Centre.

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POSTHUMUS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-05-20 published
POSTHUMUS, Ralph
Peacefully at Lee Manor, Owen Sound, on Wednesday, May 18th, 2005. Ralph POSTHUMUS of Tara in his 83rd year. Beloved husband of Maria GRYPSTRA for over 60 years. Dear father of Wietse and wife Judy, Jane HERRON and husband Bob EMERSON, Anne and husband Ken LAWRENCE, Cecil and wife Pat, Randy and wife Cindy and Dennis all of Tara and Michael of Kitchener. Lovingly remembered by 23 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Also survived by brother Harm of Eestrum, Netherlands. Predeceased by daughter-in-law Wendy, 12 brothers and sisters and 1 grand_son in infancy. Friends may call at the Paul H. Eagleson Funeral Home in Tara on Friday from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, May 21st, 2005 at Knox Presbyterian Church, Tara at 11 a.m. Interment in Hillcrest Cemetery, Tara. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Knox Presbyterian Church or the C.N.I.B. would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Condolences may be expressed online at www.paulheaglesonfuneralhome.com
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POSTILL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-04 published
MURRAY, Catherine (née McARDLE)
Peacefully at Bon Air Nursing Home, Cannington on Wednesday, November 2, 2005 at the age of 88 years. Catherine MURRAY (nee McARDLE,) beloved wife of James MURRAY of Markham. Loving mother of Glenn MURRAY and his wife Donna of Pefferlaw. Loving grandmother of Kelly and her husband Greg POSTILL and Brenda MURRAY and great grandmother of Mallory and Taylor POSTILL. A Memorial Service will be held in the chapel of the Taylor Funeral Home, 20846 Dalton Road, Sutton, on Saturday, November 5, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m., visitation from 1: 00 p.m. Donations to Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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POSTMA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-16 published
ABMA, Fred " Freerk"
Fred (Freerk) ABMA - born May 10, 1923 in Rys, Friesland. With sorrow yet comfort we give thanks to God for the life of a husband, father, and grandfather who passed away at home in Strathroy on April 13, 2005 after a courageous battle with cancer. Beloved husband of Alice (Alie) ABMA. Dear father to Andrew ABMA of Britannia Beach, British Columbia, John and Mary ABMA of Bright's Grove, Ontario. Janet and John POSTMA of Red Deer, Alberta, Richard and Wendy ABMA of Calgary, Alberta, Chris and Pete VANHOVE of Surrey, British Columbia, Mike and Shirlene ABMA of Grand Rapids, Michigan, George and Amanda ABMA of Strathroy, Ontario, Sylvia and Gary LAMMERS of Kitchener, Ontario, and Francine and Dennis VINK of Calgary, Alberta. Grandfather (Pake) of 26 grandchildren. Survived by brothers Johan and Ruurd ABMA and sisters Nienke GORTER and Fem HOEKSTRA. Predeceased by his sister Baukje VERHAAF. Visitation at Westmount C.R.C. on Sunday, April 17 from 2-5 p.m. where a funeral will be held on Monday, April 18 at 2 p.m. Interment in Strathroy Cemetery. Sympathy donations can be made to the Strathroy Community Christian School. Denning Bros. Funeral Home, entrusted with arrangements. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Fred.

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POSTMA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-20 published
COLEBROOK, Marilynn Bonita
Marilynn Bonita of Chatham formerly Blenheim passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 in Chatham in her 50th year, the daughter of the late Blake COLEBROOK and Mary McKERNAN. She is survived by her only daughter Mrs. Dan (April) POSTMA, grandchildren; Brianna, Rebecca, Jacob and Leah, sisters; Rosemary HARRIS, Mrs. Jim (Carolynn) BOOTHE and brother Russell COLEBROOK, step-mother Kathryn COLEBROOK, several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received by the family one hour prior to the funeral service being conducted in the chapel of the J.L. Ford Funeral Home in Blenheim on Friday at 2: 00 p.m. with interment in Blenheim Evergreen Cemetery.

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POSTMA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.strathroy.age_dispatch 2005-04-19 published
ABMA, Fred " Freerk"
Born May 10, 1923 in Rys, Friesland. With sorrow, yet comfort, we give thanks to God for the life of a husband, father, and grandfather who passed away at home in Strathroy, on April 13, 2005, after a courageous battle with cancer. Beloved husband of Alice (Alie) ABMA. Dear father to Andrew ABMA, of Britannia Beach, British Columbia; John and Mary ABMA of Brights Grove Janet and John POSTMA of Red Deer, Alberta; Richard and Wendy ABMA of Calgary, Alberta; Chris and Pete VANHOVE of Surrey, British Columbia; Mike and Shirlene ABMA of Grand Rapids, Michigan; George and Amanda ABMA of Strathroy; Sylvia and Gary LAMMERS of Kitchener and Francine and Dennis VINK of Calgary, Alberta. Grandfather (Pake) to 26 grandchildren. Survived by brothers Johan and Ruurd ABMA and sisters Nienke GORTER and Fem HOEKSTRA. Predeceased by his sister Baukje VERHAAF. Visitation was at Westmount C.R.C. on Sunday, April 17 from 2-5 p.m. where a funeral service was held on Monday, April 18 at 2 p.m. Interment in Strathroy Cemetery. Sympathy donations can be made to Strathroy Community Christian School. Denning Bros. Funeral Home, 245-1023, entrusted with arrangements. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Fred.

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POSTMA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-12 published
POSTMA, Louisa Mary (née CAUCHARD)
Peacefully at Leisureworld Scarborough on Sunday, July 10, 2005, age 89. Beloved wife of the late Herman POSTMA. Cherished mother of Harvey and wife Pauline, Arthur and wife Elizabeth, and Catherine LITTLE and husband Robert. Loving Grandma to Keith, Kevin, David, Derek, Warren, Rachel, Jonathan, Nathaniel, Naomi, Rob, Louisa, Laura, Brian, Rebecca, and Faith and their spouses. Great-Gram to 24. Family and Friends will be received at the McDougall and Brown Funeral Home "Scarborough Chapel" (2900 Kingston Rd., Scarborough, 416-267-4656) on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the Scarborough Baptist Church (1597 Kingston Rd.) on Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. Interment Resthaven Memorial Gardens.

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POSWISTAK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-22 published
POSWISTAK, Olga
Suddenly, on Monday, August 15, 2005, in her 81st year. Beloved mother of Henryk and the late Edward. Wife of the late Kazimierz. Resting at the Cardinal Funeral Home, 92 Annette Street (near Keele), on Monday from 7-9 p.m. with Panakhyda at 7: 30 p.m. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Interment Prospect Cemetery. She will be sorely missed and always remembered. On line condolences at www.cardinalfuneralhomes.com

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